While the Bank Rhode Island annual food drive has moved past the halfway mark, donations will continue to be accepted at each of the Bank’s 19 branches across the state through Friday, Sept. 19.
All BankRI locations have placed food collection bins in their lobbies. Members of the community are encouraged to donate items most-needed by partnering food pantries, including: canned fruits and vegetables, canned soups and stews, pasta, breakfast cereals, brown rice, and proteins such as peanut butter, tuna, and canned and dried beans.
“The community’s response to our food drive continues to be strong, and we hope even more food is donated over the next few weeks to make sure we help as many of our neighbors as possible,” said Mark J. Meiklejohn, president and CEO of BankRI.
For the drive, each BankRI branch partnered with a food pantry that serves its community, ensuring all of the food collected will remain local to feed area residents. Each food pantry is a member of the Food Bank’s network. Each month, 63,000 Rhode Islanders are served at Rhode Island Community Food Bank member agencies, a number that’s nearly doubled since 2007. The Warwick BankRI branches have partnered with Westbay Community Action that runs the Westbay Marketplace in Buttonwoods.